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Franchising 101: Step 1: Protect your Brand

When you think of the word “franchise” what comes to mind? Most people will have an understanding of what a franchise is, and many individuals have aspirations of seeing their currently small independent business being rolled out in towns and cities across the UK or even further afield. But where do you start? If you look at the high street, what do you think makes these large franchises successful? Yes their product is in demand,…
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Influencer

Influencers, Instagram and a Pretty Little Problem

The rise of the Influencer The cast of Love Island are used to being in the press for a number of reasons, not least because of the large amounts of money they stand to make from sponsorship deals after leaving the villa. With the latest winner, Amber Gill, reputedly said to have bagged a cool one million pounds after signing a collaboration with the fashion retailer MissPap, this latest iteration of the influencer trend clearly…
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Brexit

Away we go!

On 12 December, the British public voted overwhelmingly to return Boris Johnson’s Conservative government to power. Last week, the Queen’s speech set out the Government’s plans for the next year and beyond, and with a majority of 80 seats in the House of Commons, the now famous ‘oven-ready’ deal has sailed through parliament, which means that Britain will finally leave the European Union on 31 January 2020 and enter into a transition period during which…
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EUIPO: trade mark licencing brings significant revenue for SMEs

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has released its recent study looking into SMEs and trade mark licencing. The figures are staggering! The survey has shown that the estimated annual revenues from licensing out EU Trade Marks (EUTM) by all SMEs in the EU is EUR 1.9 billion. This annual revenue is estimated as being EUR 64,924 per firm. Trade marks are brand identifiers, they establish a brands distinctiveness and are a go to…
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food and drink

How can I protect my IP within the food and drink industry?

Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights in the food and drinks industry is crucial. The market is very competitive and it is important that your products stand out in the crowd. How else can you convince a consumer, who has never tasted your product, to purchase your goods over a competitors? Your enticing brand name, your unique recipe or your beautiful packaging are all factors that are hugely valuable and are worth protecting. So, with that…
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MUSIC – What is a distribution deal and do I need one?

As a musician or producer, once you have finished your latest track or EP, the next step is to push your music for release. For signed artists, this is usually taken care of by your label. For independent artists, this is something you need to arrange yourself. Nowadays, it’s all about the streams, especially in the early stages of your career. The royalties you perceive per stream are quite low, and certainly lower than traditional…
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domain names

UDRPlease can I have that domain name

The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Process (UDRP) is incorporated via contract into all generic top-level domain names (gTLD) these include .com, .net and .org. This means that the owners of gTLDs will have signed up to resolve disputes (if requested by a third party) by way of the UDRP. The UDRP is a quick cost-effective way of resolving domain disputes which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). There is a wealth…
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The dangers of using look-a-likes in your ads – Ariana Grande sues Forever 21

If you ask a celebrity to endorse your products and they turn you down, you can’t get over your disappointment by simply engaging a look-a-like model to do the job. This point is I suspect about to be rammed home in a court of law in Los Angeles where Ariana Grande has sued Forever 21 for posting at least 30 unauthorised images and videos across its website and social media platforms using her name, likeness…
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investment

Preparing your business for investment, why IP is the key

Most businesses require third party investment at some point. In fact, the majority of start-ups are “bootstrapped” from inception and this can significantly limit their potential to hire new staff, increase growth or expand into untapped markets. Fortunately, there are people out there with cash to splash who are desperately looking for the next big thing. But, before they sign on the dotted line they’ll want to do their research and satisfy themselves that their…
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IP rights and Brexit

Brexit breakdown of your IP rights!

So it’s been over 3 years now since the June 2016 Brexit vote. It is still unclear what’s going to happen although there’s no doubt that everyone is pretty sick of hearing about it. We apologise therefore for bringing it up again but what follows is a bit of important, and hopefully useful, advice to help prepare your business for Brexit, give you an understanding of your registered IP rights and explain how the EU’s…
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